10 days in East Asia Itinerary

10 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Naha
— 1 night
Drive
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Kunigami-son
Drive
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Motobu-cho
— 1 night
Drive
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Naha
— 1 night
Fly
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Fukuoka
Drive
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Sasebo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kumamoto
Drive
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Yufu
— 1 night
Drive
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Hita
— 1 night
Drive
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Fukuoka
— 3 nights
Fly

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Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Naha tour planning website.

Taipei, Taiwan to Naha is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Taipei Standard Time (CST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Naha are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to Kunigami-son.

Things to do in Naha

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Kunigami-son

Although the village of Kunigami-son spreads across a large area, it remains sparsely populated, with lots of wild land protected from development.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get great views at Cape Hedo and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisekirinzan.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kunigami-son tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Naha to Kunigami-son in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Naha in December, Kunigami-son is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Motobu-cho.

Things to do in Kunigami-son

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Motobu-cho

— 1 night
Formed by the gradual merging of several old fishing villages, today the island town of Motobu-cho boasts paradisal beaches of white sand, clear waters, and a rich array of wildlife.
To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Motobu-cho trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kunigami-son to Motobu-cho in 1.5 hours. December in Motobu-cho sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Naha.

Things to do in Motobu-cho

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Naha

— 1 night

Capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom

Your day by day itinerary now includes Cape Manzamo. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Manzamo.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Naha online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Motobu-cho to Naha takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Motobu-cho in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Naha, with lows around 19°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Naha

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Fukuoka

City of Yatai

The largest city on the island, Fukuoka formed through the merger of two former cities that had grown up either side of the Naka River.
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Fukuoka day trip planner.

You can fly from Naha to Fukuoka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Naha in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Fukuoka: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to Sasebo.

Things to do in Fukuoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Sasebo

— 1 night
With its U.S. Navy base, Sasebo has certainly developed pockets with an international feel: in downtown, often known as Sailor Town, you'll happen upon a number of eateries serving American-style hamburgers.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ishidake Observatory as well as Tenkaiho. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Tenkaiho and then take in panoramic vistas at Ishidake Observatory.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sasebo trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Fukuoka to Sasebo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Sasebo, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for Kumamoto on the 20th (Wed).

Things to do in Sasebo

Parks

Kumamoto

Centered around its castle, Kumamoto stands as a historic city with plenty of modern-day appeal to add to the mix.
You've now added Mount Aso Trail to your itinerary. On the 20th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Kumamoto Castle and then hike along Mount Aso Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kumamoto online trip maker.

Getting from Sasebo to Kumamoto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kumamoto when traveling from Sasebo in December, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yufu.

Things to do in Kumamoto

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Yufu

— 1 night
Discover widely renowned onsens on a tour of Yufu, a tranquil town overlooked by a two-peaked mountain.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hells of Beppu, Yunotsubo Kaido and Lake Kinrin. On the 21st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kinrin, wander the streets of Yunotsubo Kaido, and then take in the natural beauty of Hells of Beppu.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yufu itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kumamoto to Yufu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Yufu are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Hita.

Things to do in Yufu

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hita

— 1 night
Hita is a city located in Ōita Prefecture, Japan, that was founded on December 11, 1940. To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hita driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yufu to Hita takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yufu in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Hita. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel to Fukuoka.

Things to do in Hita

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Fukuoka

— 3 nights

City of Yatai

Your day by day itinerary now includes Yatai as well as Tenjin Underground Shopping Center. Change things up with a short trip to Dazaifu Tenman-gu in Dazaifu (about 36 minutes away).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fukuoka travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Hita to Fukuoka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Fukuoka when traveling from Hita in December, with lows around 5°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Fukuoka

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Okinawa Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Landmarks · Beaches · Aquariums
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over long. The Ryukyus extend southwest from Kyushu (the southwesternmost of Japan's four main islands) to Taiwan. The Okinawa Prefecture encompasses the southern two thirds of that chain. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.Although Okinawa comprises just 0.6 percent of Japan's total land mass, about 75 percent of all U.S. military installations stationed in Japan are assigned in Okinawa. Currently about 26,000 of the U.S. troops deployed in Japan are based in the prefecture.

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Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
Fukuoka Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.HistoryFukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.Shrines and templesKōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, and Hakosagi-gū are the chief Shinto shrines in the prefecture.GeographyFukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.

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Kumamoto Prefecture travel guide

3.9
Castles · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Kumamoto Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.HistoryHistorically, the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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Oita Prefecture travel guide

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Hot Springs · Onsen Resorts · Historic Sites
Ōita Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The prefectural capital is the city of Ōita.HistoryAround the 6th century Kyushu consisted of four regions: Tsukushi Province, Hi Province, Kumaso Province and Toyo Province.Toyo Province was later divided into two regions, upper and lower Toyo Province, called Bungo Province and Buzen Province.After the Meiji Restoration, districts from Bungo and Buzen provinces were combined to form Ōita Prefecture. These provinces were divided among many local daimyōs and thus a large castle town never formed in Ōita. From this time that whole area became known as "Toyo-no-kuni", which means "Land of Abundance".The origins of the name Ōita are documented in a report from the early 8th century called the Chronicles of Bungo. According to the document, when Emperor Keikō visited the Kyushu region, stopping first in Toyo-no-kuni, he exclaimed that 'This is a vast land, indeed. It shall be known as Okita-Kuni!' Okita-Kuni, meaning "Land of the Great Fields", later came to be written as "Ōita". Present day interpretations based on Ōita's topography state that Oita's name comes from "Okita", meaning "many fields", rather than "vast" or "great" field, because of Ōita's complex terrain.

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